The Jolly Boger

Once, long ago, in a galaxy far away J and I bought a fridge-freezer. We rather liked it because it was different, being horizontally rather than vertically inclined – it was neat and it did the decent thing and fitted under the work surface. Being Red Dwarf fans we were also pleased that it didn’t have SMEG’ stuck on the door!

Zanussi side-by-side fridge-freezer

our handy Zanussi DF 35/40 SS

When it was five years old it was packed into a shipping container and, just like us, set off for a new life in Turkey (Pussy the cat, J and I flew out forgoing the pleasures of a maritime passage). That was September 1997.

Now, some things, like people, are suited for warmer climes and some are not. Ten months into its new life, in the midst of the heat of August, the tiny, temperate zone compressor gave up the ghost and crossed over the great divide. We were sad to lose this handy little jobbie but, not yet au fait with the concept of getting things repaired, resigned to seeing it go. We were soon put straight by friend Mehmet who summoned the ‘buz dolabi’ (refrigerator) man.

DL__R600a__Series_Refrigeration_CompressorTwenty minutes later he arrived, sussed what he needed, left and then reappeared with a new compressor and assorted tools and gas cylinders. Within about an hour the job was done. He left, refusing payment until he had returned the next day to check that all was well.

That compressor lasted two years – we called our man back. He quite reasonably pointed out that the design of the machine was not suited to Turkish heat and it needed a bigger compressor. He needed to order it specially from Izmir – two days later the part had been delivered and the job was finished and that compressor has been working ever since. Apart from springing a gas leak from all those tubes at the back, which was also repaired at the local saniye or works area, this twenty two year old bit of kit has worked tirelessly.

In order to assist with the heat generated by this ‘not suited for climate’ fridge-freezer the repair man fitted a little fan to blast air over the heat sink. I later knocked up a bracket and added a second. These fans work far harder than what should be expected of them and so need changing every few years – a simple enough DIY job for me. This time around I found that the plastic tray that sits on top of the compressor and holds the melt-water when the ‘thingy’ auto defrosts had crumbled into dust. This accounted for the pools of water we’ve been periodically mopping up the past few years (I know, I know!).

bodging repairs

two new fans and a custom water tray – neat!

Anyway, J being a bright and practical soul produced a very attractive biscuit tin, circa 1997, and a few snips with the tin snips and a bit of bending with the pliers and ‘Hey, Presto!’ good as new . . well, almost! I’ve decided to keep the lid and turn it into a ‘feature’ to hang on the wall!

biscuit tin

Alan Fenn, Okçular Köyü

ps I still have the original receipt – how sad is that!

pps I also know that ‘Boger’ is spelt ‘Bodger’ – or the other way around! You may, or may not, know that a ‘Bodger’ is the old name for a chair-maker which I consider a rather skilful occupation undeserving of such denigration.

ppps J has just said that she thinks that you lot out there will think I’m passed my best (sell-by date) for putting up stuff like this which is very depressing!

14 thoughts on “The Jolly Boger

  1. Alan, can you imagine going through all that in London to get the fridge working. It requires about two full days off work and lots of patience to just get a repair person to call in the first place, the cost of your repairs here just in time alone would be enormous, maybe that’s the reason we have become such a ‘throw away’ country. Having said all that over the years we have built up an army if really great people to call on here. We are always impressed by how Turkish people repair and mend. Best wishes to you. Mary

    1. jeez Mary, you commented before I’d even published the post 😉 anyway, you are right about the repair vs throw away in much of the ‘developed’ world – did I just say ‘developed’?

  2. Same thing happened to my laptop. Couldn’t cope with the heat either and used to to switch off at the most inconvenient moments. And yes, still having the receipt when Seeboard is now owned by the French is a little sad but endearing 😀

  3. Alan, Just recently, we were discussing how here in Turkey, you can actually get things fixed and repaired rather than tossing whatever in the nearest dumpster. It’s wonderful. Of course, you take economy and thrift to a level almost never seen in the ‘Western’ world, along with your co-conspirator J. Your story-telling skill is so good, so funny. Congratulations and may that buz dolabı live forever. (But probably the warranty has run out so you can probably dump the receipt.) Love the tray.

    1. thank you SDs – delighted you found the time with everything else you have to be doing. Thrift and economy? Skinflint, more like! 😉

  4. Oh, I had a lovely bit of a giggle reading your post and greatly appreciate it 🙂 So admire your repair skills and even more, J’s beautiful artwork – Emma says these flowers are lovely 🙂

  5. I think that’s a lovely little story !!!!! and your fridge freezer is a right little trooper and has serviced you well.

  6. Great story Alan. Nice to hear it was so easy to get everything fixed. Been pretty thrifty myself, I always think that there’s no need to throw something away when it can still be saved right? 🙂

    1. Hi Jenny and welcome to Archers! I’m lucky enough to have a really good workshop so salvage and repair seem very natural.

  7. Well… carrying that receipt around for 20-something years might be a tad depressing (do you need to hire yourself one of those professional closet organizers to help you purge???), but J’s lovely water tray is anything but!

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